December 4, 2016

Recap Helps Students Respond Using Video


Recap is a teacher app to let you see how students learn. Teachers prompt students with specific questions and students respond and explain their thinking on video.

Teachers create classes and post assignments using Recap's teacher dashboard on a Chromebook, laptop, or Mac. There isn't a teacher app. Students can respond on a Chromebook, laptop, Mac, iPad or Android device.

Here is a link to the iPad Recap app

Visit Google Play to grab the Android app.

The video below mentions. you can have one active assignment at a time. I've read that since has changed and teachers can have multiple ongoing assignments.

I hope you find this useful and don't forget to share it with a fellow educator.

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September 4, 2016

Streamed Live In-House GoogleEDU PD to Start the Year

For the last three years, the Wednesday before Labor Day has been designated as a Professional Development day for high school teachers in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  

As EdTech Coach at Father Judge High School, I was responsible for planning and delivering our session this year. The topic for the day was "Using Google Classroom & ISTE Standards to Engage Students." The room we would normally use is being renovated so we needed a Plan B. Plan B turned out to be using Google Hangouts to stream the session to computer labs around the school. I've used Hangouts before but not in-house and definitely not with a group this large (over 50).

In the days leading up to our first PD session of the 2016-17 school year, we had some issues getting Hangouts to work on our network. Connecting with people outside the building was not a problem but it wasn't happening in-house. I enlisted the help of Shawn Dackow our IT Admin who in turn brought in Steve Pagano, Senior Network Technician for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education. Steve was vacationing at the Jersey shore but came in from the beach to lend a hand and get us up and running. Without Steve's assistance this day could have been a bust.

These are exciting times for teachers and students at Father Judge High School. The class of 2020 will be receiving Dell Chromebooks in the coming days. Our Sophomores and Juniors will use their iPads again this year as we move into year four of our Technology Vision Plan. Seniors have access to the school's computer labs, library, and laptop carts. It is important to note, year one of our Technology Vision Plan was devoted to working with our teachers prior to distributing devices to our students.  

So we kicked the year off with a successful PD session like no other ever offered at Father Judge. I hope this is a sign of good things to come during the 2016-17 school year. We have a lot of work to do at five more in-house sessions planned for this year. When I am not doing in-house PD sessions, I will be teaching two periods leaving me six periods a day to work with teachers 1:1 or in small groups. 

As I said, these are exciting times for the teachers and students at Father Judge High School

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August 28, 2016

Busy Week for Google for Education Training

Gearing up for a busy week of GoogleEDU training. 

On Tuesday, I will be representing Kiker Learning​ when I get a chance to work with Mother Teresa Regional Catholic School​, Principal, Christine Pagan and her dedicated teachers. We will be exploring the many ways to use Google Classroom in a Blended Learning environment.

On Wednesday, I will be with my fellow teachers  at Father Judge High School, taking a look at using Google Classroom to help our students meet the New ISTE Standards for Students.

On Friday, I will be in Toms River, NJ with St. Joseph Grade SchoolPrincipal, Mrs. Michele Williams and her eager faculty. This will be their initial introduction to Google Apps for Education. They just got approval from Google for Education three weeks ago. These are exciting times for the St. Joseph Grade School Community.

Check out my Google for Education Directory Listing and contact me for booking information or a personal consultation.

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July 7, 2016

Don't Get In Over Your Head With Google Classroom

Just getting started with Google Classroom? Consider this post a must read. In Alice Keeler's post "Google Classroom: Don't Jump in the Deep End", she gives teachers some advice on transitioning to a Digital Classroom. 

In her post, Alice makes reference to Christine Pinto (@pintobeanz11). K-3 teachers might want to follow her and the Twitter hashtag #gafe4littles for more information on using GAFE in the primary grades.

Image credit: Digital classroom - HLWIKI Canada 

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June 28, 2016

ISTE Rolls Out New Student Standards 2016

Hello Everyone,
Yesterday at the ISTE 2016 Conference, ISTE debuted the new Standards for Students 2016. Most modern educators will agree, this revision was long overdue. The last time ISTE updated the standards was 2007. New educational technologies have forged change in the last nine years. The new standards reflect the changes in the landscape of the education world. ​

While reading the Standards for Students 2016, students and teachers have the ability to hover over important text and get a detailed explanation and examples. I would like to see this same feature utilized in the standards for Teachers, Administrators, Coaches, Computer Science Educators.

When you get a few minutes, check out the Standards for Students 2016. Think about how you can incorporate them into your planning for the 2016-2017 school year.After reviewing the Standards for Students 2016, you are invited to come on back and share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below. Hopefully, you will have an idea or two to share on how you plan on incorporating the new Standards for Students 2016 in the upcoming school year. 

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